Visit Whitby - Wonderful Harbour Between Yorkshire Coastal Cliffs

An Introduction to Whitby

From the atmospheric Abbey towering over winding cobbled streets to the windswept beach and working harbour, Whitby is not your traditional coastal town. No trip to this picturesque ancient seaport would be complete without sampling some award-winning fish and chips, following the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and English explorer Captain James Cook or discovering the history of the famous Whitby Jet.

Enjoy the North York MoorsYorkshire Coast and Howardian Hills by public transport, find out more.

Places to Stay in Whitby

Hotels in Whitby

The following hotels are in or very close to Whitby.

Sneaton Castle

Castle Road, Whitby, YO21 3QN, United Kingdom

The Stables at Crossbutts

Guisborough Road, Whitby, YO21 1TL, United Kingdom

The Woodlands

The Valley, Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3TE

Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel

Dunsley, Whitby, YO21 3TL, United Kingdom

The Seacliffe – Whitby

12 North Promenade, Whitby, YO21 3JX, United Kingdom

The Resolution Hotel

1 Skinner Street, Whitby, YO21 3AH, United Kingdom

There’s more hotels to choose from in Whitby. Click here to view them all.

Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Below you can see a small sample of the many great holiday cottages in Whitby. Click here to view them all.

Sea Urchin

22 Grove Street, Whitby, YO21 1PP, United Kingdom

Whalebone Cottage

Whitby, YO21 1TL, United Kingdom

Host & Stay – The Townhouse

24 Church Street, Whitby, United Kingdom

Host & Stay – Mast Cottage

11 The Cragg, Whitby, United Kingdom

Esk View Holiday Cottage

22 The Carrs, Ruswarp, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RL

Pennysteel Cottage

3 Boathouse Yard, Staithes, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5BN

Things to do in Whitby

The Stables Restaurant & Farm Shop at Cross Butts

Guisborough Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1TL

The Magpie Cafe

14 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

Old Coastguard Station

The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ

Whitby Coastal Cruises

The Brewery Steps, Lower Harbour, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PR

Whitby Brewery

East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR

Whitby Whale Watching

6a Albion Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1ES

Ellerby Country Inn

12-14 Ryeland Lane, Ellerby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5LP

Bark Endeavour

Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

Baxtergate Shop & Cafe

Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1BW

Wetwheels Yorkshire

Wetwheels Yorkshire, Whitby Harbour, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YW

Whitby Museum Tea Room

Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE

White Horse & Griffin Restaurant

87 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BH

W Hamond Tea Room

Directly Above W Hamond Boutique, 112 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE

The White House Restaurant

Upgang Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3JJ

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Egton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1TZ

The Runcible Spoon

16 High Street, Hinderwell, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5JH

The Postgate

Egton Bridge, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1UX

The Hare & Hounds

High Street, High Hawsker, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4LH

The Four Seasons Restaurant

14 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG

The Fisherman’s Wife

Khyber Pass, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PZ

The Angel Hotel

1 New Quay Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1DH

The Artisan Cafe @ The Geall Gallery

Front Street, Grosmont, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO225QE

Skippers Cafe

Skippers Café, 5 Haggersgate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PP

Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms & Craft Gallery

Lealholm, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2AQ

Royal Fisheries

48 Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1BL

Rusty Shears

3 Silver Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BU


5a Golden Lion Bank, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3BS


7 Pier Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PU

Raithwaite Estate Dining

Sandsend, Raithwaite, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3ST

North Beach Cafe

North Beach, North Promenade, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN

Moors Coffee Shop

The Green, Goathland, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5LX

Mister Chips Seafood Restaurant

68/69 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4AS

Mallyan Spout Bar and Restaurant

The Common, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5AN


1 Skinner Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3AH

Humble Pie ‘n’ Mash

163 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4AS

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About Whitby

Whitby is one of the most famous and popular seaside towns in Yorkshire.

Whitby is split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps.

The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, displays paintings and maps.

West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.

As well as being the birthplace of some of modern history’s best known stories, Whitby has a maritime, mineral and tourist heritage.

Tourism started in Whitby during the Georgian period and developed with the arrival of the railway in 1839. Its attraction as a tourist destination is enhanced by the proximity of the high ground of the North York Moors national park and the heritage coastline and by association with the horror novel Dracula.

For industry, as well as fishing, Jet and alum were mined locally, and Whitby jet, which was mined by the Romans and Victorians, became fashionable during the 19th century.

The abbey ruin at the top of the East Cliff is the town’s oldest and most prominent landmark.

Other significant features include the swing bridge, which crosses the River Esk and the harbour, which is sheltered by the grade II listed East and West piers.

The town’s maritime heritage is commemorated by statues of Captain Cook and William Scoresby, as well as the whalebone arch that sits at the top of the West Cliff.

The town also has a strong literary tradition and has featured in literary works, television and cinema.

See more on the Yorkshire Coast here.

Whitby on the Map

Where is Whitby? You can find Whitby at the edge of the North York Moors National Park, on the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. Specifically, it is in North Yorkshire, in between Scarborough and Saltburn.

Whitby has a train station, at the end of a branch line from Middlesbrough, and is on the main A171 road which runs from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. There is a junction in the middle of the town with the A174 which follows the coast more closely, through the towns of Saltburn, Marske and Redcar.

Whitby FAQ’s

Is Whitby worth visiting?

Short answer: yes! A compact, historic harbour town with bustling cafe’s, restaurants, steps up to an ancient abbey and glorious sea views.

What is Whitby famous for?

Whitby is famous for fish & chips as well as Whitby Abbey – the inspiration for the setting of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula”.

Who is the most famous person in Whitby?

Captain Cook – Captain James Cook is famous for his discovery of Australia. He was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, captain in the British Royal Navy and most likely one of Whitby’s most famous people.

Why is Whitby famous for Dracula?

Novelist, Bram Stoker, stayed in Whitby and used the ancient ruins of the abbey overlooking the cliffs as the setting for his gothic horror “Dracula”.